What great day for Turnpike Troubadours fans.
If you haven’t heard the news, footage of Turnpike frontman Evan Felker surfaced yesterday afternoon, performing at a charity benefit for Eric Neal in Southeast Texas.
Eric was diagnosed with Sclerosing Epitheloid Fibrosarcoma in 2018, and has since had surgery to amputate his right leg, in addition to multiple rounds of chemo/radiation as well as surgery on his back. Recently, was also found in the lining of the brain.
A benefit was held at the Pipkin Ranch in Beaumont to raise money for Eric, and the Teague Brothers Band (who are pretty awesome by the way) handled the musical entertainment for the afternoon. And of course, they interrupted their set to welcome a very special guest… Evan Felker.
This is the first time we’ve seen Evan take the stage in nearly two years, since Turnpike announced their indefinite hiatus back in May of 2019. I’m sure it’s not the first time he’s picked up a guitar since then, but we haven’t seen anything like this. We recently learned that Evan was sober, happy, and thinking about music again, but I don’t think any of us woke up this morning expecting to see him on stage again.
Teague Brothers frontman John Teague shared the following regarding the performance:
“Yesterday, February 27, 2021, was truly amazing to be apart of. Eric you are consistently in our thoughts and prayers. I’m proud to call you a friend and it was an absolute pleasure to be there. What a community we have.
Evan Felker of the The Turnpike Troubadours was a true gentleman and performed beautifully for Eric. A dream come true to everyone in the room. Godspeed Eric & Shelby Neal.”
Now we don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but if we ever are going to see the return of Turnpike, this is a huge step in the right direction.
And if even if it never happens, just seeing a happy, healthy Evan Felker with a guitar in his hand is good enough for me.
And finally, thoughts and prayers out to Eric Neal.
Here is where you can support and donate to Eric Neal and his family while he continues his fight.